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Ronaldo pleased with Bale partnership

Cristiano Ronaldo has praised Gareth Bale's early form at Real Madrid, insisting the pair have already formed a successful partnership.

Ronaldo netted a hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 rout of Real Sociedad, as Real's attacking trio -- including Bale and Karim Benzema -- continued to flourish.

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Los Blancos are now three points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who face Real Betis on Sunday, and Ronaldo is confident Bale will be critical to Madrid's chances of reclaiming their title this season.

"He's [Bale] doing very well with us, with the team. He's playing very well and I'm happy out on the pitch with him, with Karim and with [Angel] Di Maria," he told reporters. "We started playing more slowly after the goals, but I'm very happy with today's match. The team is finding its stride.

"We've met our objective and it was a good win. We're very happy. The season is going well thanks to the work we're doing."

Goalkeeper Diego Lopez lauded Ronaldo and believes Carlo Ancelotti has exerted his influence at the Bernabeu.

"He's [Ronaldo] incredible. Today we saw, once again, what a unique player he is. We're very lucky to have him here. He makes the difference everyday," Lopez said.

"We knew that adopting Ancelotti's ideas was only going to be a question of time. Little by little we're seeing the team that the boss wants and today we've taken another step towards what he's after."

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